- The definition of ay is a word used to show sorrow or upset.
An example of ay used as an interjection is in the sentences, "Ay! I can't believe he was late for school again!"
Chiefly North Eng. used to express sorrow, distress, etc.: used chiefly in the phrase
Used before me to express distress or regret.
Variant of aye1.
Variant of aye2.
- Alternative spelling of aye ("yes")
- counting the ays and the noes in a vote
Variant of aye
Old Poet. always; ever
also sp. ay
Origin of ayeMiddle English ai, ay ; from Old Norse ei ; from Indo-European base an unverified form aiw-, vital force from source age